Hi, my name is Natasha Kisten-Skuce and I am an emotional eater.
This started at a very early age. A chaotic and abusive childhood saw me turn to emotional eating to help deal with the sadness and pain I was experiencing. Before I knew it, it had become a coping mechanism that helped me cope with life for almost four decades.
When specialists banned me from doing any, (and I mean any) exercise early in December 2018 I was guttered. Over the past two years I had managed to replace emotional eating with exercise and then all or a sudden it was taken away. To add insult to injury I also had to wear the moon boot again. Within 2 weeks of laying on the coach and watching soppy Christmas movies, I had fallen into a depression. It wasn’t only the lack of exercise that was getting to me, it was the not being able to drive and not being able to take care of my kids. I lost my independence in the blink of an eye.
So What is Emotional Eating?
Emotional eating is using food to make yourself better. In essence its stress eating to satisfy your emotional needs, rather than your physical hunger. Opting for junk food, sugar laced goodies or carb heavy foods will be high on your agenda if you are an emotional eater
New year, New Challenges
I started 2019 without the moon boot, but the swelling was the same and the pain had intensified despite following doctors orders. I’m beyond frustrated because it felt like everything was in vain. Another MRI confirmed my initial injury had healed however there was excessive fluid build-up. The best solution was a cast for 6 weeks which would completely immobilize my right foot. In all honesty, I wasn’t mentally prepared for another setback nor was I prepared for 6 weeks with my foot in a cast. The long and short of it is that this injury has been on-going for 7 months and has affected my life in such an overwhelming way.
I couldn’t deal with being depressed and crying all the time because it’s not who I am and not how I deal with things. Physical pain also isn’t something I’m accustomed to thanks to my high pain threshold, but this time it was different and I started emotional eating.